With our state-of-the-art X-ray equipment, Dr. Hartzell is able to detect and evaluate tooth damage or oral disease not visible during a regular dental exam. Most people think of X-rays as merely the tool used to detect cavities in between your teeth, but they also help us to determine the overall health of the bones, roots and nerves surrounding your teeth. We can look for lesions, cysts, tumors and identify and assess any signs of recent or past trauma, which can affect the overall health of your teeth.
Digital X-rays are viewed on a computer monitor instead of the 35mm film sheet that must be held up to light, which makes them an efficient alternative. Dr. Hartzell uses the latest, state-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment.
Here are some benefits of digital X-rays at a glance:
Precision viewing of every area of the mouth, including teeth, surrounding bone, roots and nerves.
Significantly less radiation exposure to you.
Results are instant and the process is quick and easy.
How often X-rays should be taken depends on several factors: your age, your current oral health, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease. New patients will usually have X-rays taken as a baseline measure of your present oral health. Children usually need X-rays more often than adults because of their quickly developing teeth and their higher likelihood of tooth decay. Dr. Hartzell will guide you in making these determinations, usually recommending X-rays every year and half after your teeth cleaning.
Dental X-ray exams are safe, but because of their low levels of radiation exposure, we use various techniques to limit the body’s exposure as much as possible. A leaded apron and/or a leaded thyroid collar may be used to shield the abdomen and thyroid. Please inform Dr. Hartzell if you are, or think you may be, pregnant, or if you have other health situations that may require extra attention.
We understand that you have questions about your dental care. The questions we get most often about Digital X-rays for our patients in High Point, Greensboro and Jamestown are listed below with a brief answer.